I see posts that cellulase and hemicellulase feed candida by breaking down fiber in to simple sugar. has anyone had severe candida and had success fighting it while taking digestive enzymes? they seem to be helping me digest my food so i don't react, but i'm wondering if i'm making my candida worse using these at every meal. any thoughts?
Digestive enzymes break down different food elements. There are amalyse, lipase (for fats), protease (for proteins), cellulase (for fibers), and others. If these food groups are broken down before going into the small intestine, then colon, they don't sit around and rot, creating putrifactive bacteria, a friendly environment for candida growth. In fact, candida is a by-product of the decomposition of foods. The more the food is digested properly, the less the candida will be forming. Many foods are broken down into sugars of different kinds, whether or not by our own manufacture of enzymes, or by ingested enzymes. Our brains and muscles wouldn't work without sugars, so they are important. What makes the candida worse is simple sugars we dump into our systems, directly feeding the candida. Foods (even vegetables) that are metabolized into various sugars for system functioning are different, as long as they are not heavy carbohydrate foods. A good reference to have on hand is the glycemic index chart of various foods showing their Sugar content. You can google it.
it sounds like you think taking them would be ok. phew! i am going to try betaine hcl alone and see if that helps by itself. if not, i will go back to both. i have been eating only veggies, meat and a little quinoa and almonds for 2 weeks now. this diet is not fun. i am taking undeceonic acid (with berberine and hcl), nystatin tablets, coconut oil and just started on olive leaf (and will switch to Black-Walnut , then oregano oil soon). my die-off symptoms are lessening but as soon as i try a new antifungal they come back stronger for a bit and my tounge is staying coated. so that is making me question the enzymes. And if it is mutating around what i'm throwing at it.
When I had leaky gut I had to be very careful with betaine HCL. I know everyone's different but when I took two 600 mg. one time because I over-ate on chicken, my stomach burned and upper small intestine was very upset and hostile with a queasy, hot and raw sensation. A coated tongue can be a sign of undigested food, in which case digestive enzymes are very useful. Is there a reason you would only take betaine HCL by itself? Anyway, I found some intelligent explanation on its function and uses here: http://www.modernherbalist.com/betaine.html
I was thinking to only take betaine hcl by itself because i didn't want the hemicellulase and cellulase to feed the candida during digestion. it sounds like i should stick with both. were you able to cure candida overgrowth while on enzymes containing cellulase?
I may have high stomach acid as using HCL just gives me gastritis issues.
FYI - CANDEX which claims "natural enzymes to digest fungal cell walls" includes cellulase, hemicellulase, amylase, invertase and glucoamylase all vegetarian. I do not stand behind this product though I have used it in the past to some effect. Just wanted to throw in this into your debate on cellulase feeding candida....perhaps being vegetarian is the key here, dunno....
Was I able to cure candida overgrowth while taking cellulase enzymes? Yes. But the cellulase enzymes were not the basis for a cure. Many elements involved. It's just that the cellulase did not hamper my progress, if that's what you were asking. :)